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Why is colonoscopy scheduled based on the hemoglobin count?

My father recently had blood work and his hemoglobin count was 10.2. His physician has scheduled a colonoscopy for next month. Why would he automatically schedule the colonoscopy? He had open heart surgery in 2001 -- could some of his medication cause his level to be low? Thank you.
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
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If the intestinal problem is associated and hemorrhage from intestinal mucosa suspected, then colonoscopy can be planned.

Here for low Hemoglobin (Hb) first of all, I need to know peripheral smear examination report and blood indices values for giving more comment.

If needed, then serum iron, ferritin needs to be estimated. Consult a physician for examination.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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